40 Quotes About Wanting What You Can't Have

In this generation, it is people’s instinct to feel entitled to items or experiences, and people expect to be treated a certain way because they feel like they deserve it. These days it’s natural to want everything we can’t have — children end up getting all the electronics they want because it’s so much easier for parents to entertain their kids by giving them a phone or a tablet than to listen to them cry and whine. It’s natural to want to be accepted and independent so it makes “sense” to buy expensive smartphones to communicate better in the modern world.

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When we grow up and enter the real world, we are hit with a culture shock — because suddenly not everybody is going to treat us with the same level of respect or give us the opportunities we believe we deserve. No one is going to just give us straight A’s without doing the work, we are going to have to support ourselves without the help of parents who can buy us everything. We know that getting a job is hard work and that it can be difficult to pay for food or to buy things.

Even when it comes to love — through heartbreak and relationship challenges we learn that we won’t always be with the people we want to be with. People we miss may not always return to us or miss us back.

How do you deal with the desire to have something we don’t? We will not get everything on a platter. Therefore, we must be willing to work hard in real life. Learn how to handle disappointment.

If you find yourself longing after something, these quotes about wanting it all will help you understand that even though you might want it all, it is not possible to have it all.

1. Change your perspective.

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“When you can’t have what you want, it’s time to start wanting what you have.” — Kathleen A Sutton

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2. It is not easy to see the truth.

“Just because I don’t talk to you, it doesn’t mean I still don’t think about you. I’m just distancing myself because I know I can’t have YOU.” — Unknown

3. These attachments

“Sometimes someone comes into your life that changes everything. It raises the bar, makes you smile and makes you feel like you. There is something about him that you can’t put into words and even though you’re not with him, you don’t want to let him go.” — Unknown

4. Everything happens for an explanation.

“Sometimes, you just can’t get what you want, but it doesn’t mean that you can never have it. Everything takes place at the right time.” — Unknown

5. You will eventually have those things in your life.

“You can close your eyes to things you don’t want to see but you can’t close your heart to things you don’t want to feel.” — Unknown

6. Overwhelming thoughts and feelings

“…it’s all too much and not enough at the same time.” — Jack Kerouac

7. It’s so hard to believe.

“Admit it, you want someone you can’t have.” — Unknown

8. Everyone wants happiness to some degree.

“I just want to make you happy. Because you’re the reason that I’m so happy.” — Unknown

9. Sometimes secrets are necessary.

“Some of the best moments in life are the ones you can’t tell anyone about.” — Unknown

10. An odd complex.

“You can have anything you want in life, you just can’t have everything you want.” — Unknown

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11. Self-love and self-love are key.

“Baby, love yourself like you’re not waiting for someone else to do it.” — Unknown

12. Want brings denial.

“Can’t deny that I want you, but I’ll lie if I have to.” — Unknown

13. Yet so close.

“The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside them knowing you can’t have them.” — Unknown

14. When it comes to feelings, it’s difficult to declare a winner.

“Every thought is a battle, every breath is a war, and I don’t think I’m winning anymore.” — Unknown

15. That doesn’t mean I don’t.

“My heart tells me this is the best and greatest feeling I have ever had, but my mind knows the difference between wanting what you can’t have and wanting what you shouldn’t want. And I shouldn’t want you.” — Unknown

16. If he cares enough, he will put in the effort.

“If he misses you, he’ll call. If he wants you, he’ll say it. If he cares, he’ll show it. And if not, he can’t be worth your time.” — Unknown

17. It is like no other way to show your love for someone.

“I want to show him that he has not been loved before. I want him to feel, with one kiss, how I can make love to his soul for eternity.” — Unknown

18. Is heartbreak worth it?

“Desire leaves us heartbroken; it wears us out. But as tough as wanting something can be, the ones who suffer the most are those who don’t know what they want.” – Unknown

19. You can’t ask for more than a loving family.

“Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.” — Unknown

20. If they love and respect you, they won’t ever get bored.

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“You’ll never be too much for someone who can’t get enough of you.” — Unknown

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21. Accept it, and then move on.

“Take life day by day and be grateful for the little things don’t get caught up in what you can’t control, accept it and make the best of it.” — Unknown

22. It takes a lot to think and want.

“If every time I thought of you, a star fell, well, the sky would be empty.” — Unknown

23. 23.

“In an endless garden of flowers, I will always pick you.” — A.J. Lawless

24. Keep believing in that possibility.

“Even though I miss you right now, know that you will come back to me.” — Unknown

25. One day, someone will.

“Sometimes I sit alone under the stars and think of the galaxies inside my heart and truly wonder if anyone will ever want to make sense of all that I am.” — Unknown

26. Desire can have more adverse effects than positive ones.

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“Too often, the thing you want most is the one thing you can’t have. Desire is a heartbreaking emotion that can wear us down. Desire can wreck your life. But as tough as wanting something can be, the people who suffer the most are those who don’t know what they want.” — Unknown

27. Youyou must be willing and able to work hard.

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.” — The Rolling Stones

28 Money cannot buy everything.

“You may be rich, but there is one thing you can’t afford – that is, if you are a good sort – you can’t afford to spend money on your own luxuries while there are people around you wanting the necessities of life.” — Robert Baden-Powell

29. WantingIt’s not always positive.

“Something is wanting, and something must be done, or we shall be involved in all the horror of failure, and civil war without a prospect of its termination.” — Henry Knox

30. YouYou must put in the effort.

“WantingYou can’t have it all. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.” — Les Brown

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31. Boredom isn’t worth it.

“I’m considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. I view myself as always wanting to know. I am very curious. I’ve never been bored in my life.” — Maya Angelou

32 Passion drives many things in life.

“It seems like when I was growing up there was more compromise, wanting to work with each other, and I think all of them – all the lawmakers – have hearts to do what’s right, and they all are passionate about it.” — Joel Osteen

33. It’s difficult to keep things in.

“I’m hiding what I’m feeling but I’m tired of holding this inside my head.” — Unknown

34 Secret love makes it even more exciting

“I think we’re just gonna have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that.” — Unknown

35. You don’t need to pray any more.

“I still remember the days I prayed for the thing I have now.” — Unknown

36. It must be a reciprocal relationship.

“If you ignore me, I will ignore you. If you don’t start the conversation, we won’t talk. If you don’t put in the effort, why should I?” — Unknown

37 You’ll find the answers you need in either way.

“Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from people. If they care, they’ll notice. If they don’t, you know where you stand.” — Unknown

38 38.

“The most wanted of all days is one without laughter.” — E.E. Cummings

39. You can be your role model.

“I never had a role modelIt is not easy. I ended up wanting to be the best version of myself.” — Kubra Sait

40. It’s never easy.

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“Honest feelings and bad timing make the most painful combination.” — Unknown

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Hayley Small writes about pop culture and religion.

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